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Prolific paedophile given a life sentence may have other victims in Essex

David Hough was given a life sentence Credit: Essex Police

A paedophile from Doddinghurst in Essex has been jailed for life for raping and abusing young boys.

David Hough assaulted three boys between 1996 and 2010 while he was living in the area, but the offences only came to light after police in the north of England carried out a search of his address in Derwent Road, Scunthorpe.

There they found images and videos of the abuse and he was charged with more than 20 offences, including multiple counts of rape, making and distributing indecent images and possession of extreme poronography. The offences were carried out in North Lincolnshire in 2019 and Essex between 2007 and 2008.

He had denied one count of rape and indecent assault but on the first day of his trial at Grimsby Crown Court on Monday 17 February he pleaded guilty and was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years.

Investigating officer PC Christopher Longhurst, from the West Child Abuse Investigation Team believes there may be other victims from the Doddinghurst area, and police are now urging them to come forward.

“David Hough carried out a prolonged campaign of abuse against the victim, subjecting him to an ordeal which has had a psychological impact on him ever since. “Those impacted by sexual abuse can endure a life-time of psychological effects. Hough now has a life-sentence of his own and this sends a strong message that abuse like his will be dealt with seriously. “I hope this conviction shows that if you’re a victim of crime you deserve justice, regardless of when the offence took place. “I want to pay tribute to the victims for their courage throughout this investigation and I hope conviction and sentencing will help them to move forward. “We also believe there is the possibility Hough may have abused other young people when he lived in the Doddinghurst area so I would urge anyone who has been affected or has any information to come forward.”

– PC Christopher Longhurst